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The situation quickly and--this being the Baudelaires--predictably deteriorates. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny find themselves tossed in a storm so terrible that our beloved narrator spends four pages describing how he cannot describe it. From this point on, fans of the series' smarty-pants wordplay and acrobatic narrative can rest assured that they're in for more of the same (and how) in this 368-page finale, and Daniel Handler's deadpan Snicket continues to tutor a generation in self-referential humor (including one particularly funny bit regarding three very short men carrying a large, flat piece of wood, painted to look like a living room). Snicket notes, of course, that if you read the entire series, "your only reward will be 170 chapters of misery in your library and countless tears in your eyes."
There's one big question, though, for anyone who's made it through "the thirteenth chapter of the thirteenth volume in this sad history": is the final book a fitting end? That question is probably best-answered by one of The End's most oft-repeated phrases: It depends on how you look at it. Those looking for conclusive resolution to the series' many, many mysteries may be disappointed, although some big questions do get explicit answers. Not surprisingly for a work so deliberately labyrinthine, though, even the absence of an answer can be sort of an answer--and reaction to The End can be something of a Rorschach test for readers. Or, as Lemony Snicket says, "Perhaps you dont know yet what the end really means." --Paul Hughes
Wonderful series. Our son loved it. They made a reader out of him. He couldn't put it down. Parents can feel assured that there's no questionable content.Published 3 months ago by Eagle
Vaguely disappointed we dont get a definite answer about the siblings lives. Do they grow up happy? Start families of their own? Where do they end up?Published 4 months ago by Amy
this was bought as a gift and it took 29 days from order to receipt but other than that it was a wonderful purchase to finish the young ladies collectionPublished 4 months ago by cviola
HAHAHAHA. YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE GETTING CLOSURE?
This series is INFURIATING, but that's the POINT. Read more